3 apartment complexes on tap near downtown Orlando

The city of Orlando is set to review plans on May 12 for two new apartment complexes, while a third complex is set to break ground this month, to bring a combined nearly 1,000 residential units to areas near downtown.

McLean, Va.-based Jefferson Apartment Group plans to start construction by month’s end on its  new 299-unit apartment complex at 420 E. Church St. in the Thornton Park neighborhood of downtown. The $40 million project also is set to include 10 live-work units and about 9,000 square feet of commercial space — including a 3,000-square-foot art gallery with two mini galleries, said Mike Mulhall, senior vice president and managing partner in Florida for Jefferson Apartment Group.

“We’re trying create a little art district over here,” said Mulhall, adding that a  new Lymmo bus circulator stop — part of the east-west Grapefruit Line that launched in April — is across the street from the complex on southwest corner of Church Street and Osceola Avenue. “We’re looking forward to having new local artists display their work every month.”

Balfour Beatty Construction is the project general contractor, and Baker Barrios Architects is the designer.

Meanwhile, the Orlando City Council is set to approve plans for two more apartment complexes:

  • Citi Towers: Naples-based Summa Development Group LLC is seeking city approval to change what’s known as the Orlando Lutheran Towers planned development zoning district to allow for a 22-story, 223-unit apartment complex with 22,300 square feet of commercial use on a 0.7-acre site on the northeast corner of East Church Street and Lake Avenue, city documents showed. The request also is seeking to increase the maximum allowed project to include 710 units, documents showed.
  • Elan @ Audubon Park: Property owner Orlando Heights LLC has asked the city to reassign/rezone an existing planned development to allow for a 450-unit apartment complex on a 19.5-acre site near Orlando Fashion Square mall. The proposed apartments would be three- and four-story buildings, and amenities would include garages, city documents showed. Charleston, S.C.-based Greystar is the proposed developer of the apartments.

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